Québec, November 17, 2020. – Québec’s seasonally adjusted international merchandise exports in constant dollars were up 6.2% in September 2020 from the previous month (+2.3% in August). Despite these increases, the level of exports in September was 6.5% lower than in February 2020, before the effects of the
COVID-19 pandemic were felt.
The increase in Québec exports in September was due in part to exports of diesel and biodiesel fuels (+311.4%), aircraft (+30.1%), fresh and frozen pork (+39.3%) and electricity (+121.5%).
Conversely, exports of unwrought aluminum and aluminum alloys (-11.3%), motor gasoline (-57.1%), and unwrought gold, silver, and platinum group metals and their alloys (-56.3%) declined in September.
In the first nine months of 2020, Québec’s international merchandise exports in constant dollars decreased by 9.3% compared with the same period in 2019.
Québec’s seasonally adjusted international merchandise imports, in constant dollars, rose 7.3% in September 2020 compared with the previous month, following a 3.7% decline in August. As a result, imports reached their highest level since January 2020 and exceeded their level in February by 2.3%.
The increase in total imports in September was mainly due to growth in imports of conventional crude oil (+40.0%) and, to a lesser extent, light-duty trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles (+4.5%) and wine and brandy (+71.7%).
On the other hand, imports of medical, dental and personal safety supplies (-45.2%) and basic and semi-finished products of non-ferrous metals and non-ferrous metal alloys (-53.9%) registered sharp declines in September.
In the first nine months of 2020, Québec’s international merchandise imports in constant dollars were down 18.1% compared with the same period last year.
According to data published by Statistics Canada on November 4, Canada’s seasonally adjusted merchandise exports in constant dollars were up 1.2% in September 2020 from the previous month, after stagnating (0.0%) in August. For their part, merchandise imports increased by 0.6% in September (-0.3% in August).
In the first nine months of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, Canada’s merchandise exports declined 8.2% and its merchandise imports fell 12.0%.
International merchandise exports and imports1 (percentage changes)
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1. In constant dollars, at 2012 prices.
International Trade Data Online: statistique.quebec.ca/international-trade
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